Chris Rock Would ‘Definitely’ Have Hosted the Oscars Had It Been Offered to Him

Chris Rock attends the 2013 FX Upfront Bowling Event at Luxe at Lucky Strike Lanes on March 28, 2013 in New York City.
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Chris Rock flat-out stated that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had never offered him hosting duties at the Oscars, because if they had, he would have “definitely” taken it. “I didn’t get an offer,” Rock told the Wrap. “I mean, it’s Neil Patrick Harris. It’s like, who would pick me before Neil Patrick Harris? He’s an amazing host.” (True.) The statement directly contradicts a previously reported piece that said three people, including Rock (the 2005 Oscars host), had been offered the job before NPH. At least we now know that part of that report is not true: They like you, NPH! They really like you!

Chris Rock Wasn’t Offered the Oscars Hosting Gig